Sunshine Coast

Wednesday 11th August.

Considerations of costs have convinced us to stay here for a couple more weeks to meet up with Barry and Ida. The caravan parks at Hervey Bay are considerably dearer than here, and the travel costs saved from not going up there would mean a considerable saving so we will stay here until 3rd of September, and then head down the coast toward going home for Xmas. It is starting to look as though we may be going back for the two months dictated by the peak period on the boat.

Finances are having quite a large bearing on what we do now as we are starting to “see the end of the dollar” from our four year travel budget. A lot of consideration is also being given to a start to using our super as a pension later in the year, so things do look a little tight at the moment.

We have now decided that we have been in this area doing not much at all so it must be time to do some sightseeing. A trip to the tourist office today gave us a brochure to give us details of a few things we wish to see while here so we can fill in some time over the next couple of weeks.

We went to Eumundi markets today, as we had heard so much about them for so long. The things we have heard have obviously been heard by many others as well, as demonstrated by the crowd present.

This would be the largest market we have been to and, as the story goes, it is bigger on Saturdays. It is rather annoying going to somewhere like this not being able to buy anything. Looking after finances is one reason, but the most important is that we just can’t keep buying things and expect to carry the extra weight in the caravan.

There are also a Ginger factory and a honey plant in the area that Linda insists on visiting, they have quite a deal more to offer so they should be worth the visit.

One thing we have been noticing around this area is a thing with town names. There seems to be a thing with names with O’s in them, especially double O’s, such as: Caboolture, Toorbul, Woorim, Donnybrook, Booroobin, Wootha, Mooloolah, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Obi Obi, Marcoola, Coolum, Doonan, Cooroibah, Cooloothin, Romona, Coondoo, Noosa, and there are plenty more.